'Tak mahu layan' - Mat Sabu dismisses Hishammuddin's 'clueless' jibe

Modified 30 Jan 2020, 2:20 pm

Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu was in no mood to entertain criticisms by his predecessor Hishammuddin Hussein over the security situation in Sabah, telling the media he didn't want to entertain him.

“Ask him first to answer why the promised helicopters are still not delivered? Where are the promised submarines and ships?

“He must answer these questions first. I will not entertain his comments until he answers,” said Mohamad (above), who is popularly known as Mat Sabu, at an event in Permatang Pauh.

Mat Sabu was referring to the purchase of six helicopters bought for RM300 million under Hishamuddin's tenure that have yet to be delivered.

Last week Hishamuddin chided his successor Mat Sabu for keeping mum over any initiative to strengthen the Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement (TCA) following the kidnapping of Indonesian fishermen in the waters off Sabah recently.

"It has been two years since Mat Sabu helmed Mindef. Why is there still no new development or effort to strengthen the TCA initiative?" Hishammuddin asked, even going as far as to label the Amanah president as "clueless".

Last October in Parliament, Hishamuddin made several jabs at the delays in the tabling of the Defence White Paper and proceeded to claim that the Defence Ministry under Mat Sabu was lacking in direction.

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